Hillside Elementary School

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District Announcements


    IT'S TIME TO SECURE YOUR SEAT! The district provides free transportation for in-district students who live more than 2 miles from school in grades K-8; and more than 2.5 miles from the high school. Subscription busing is available for students who are not eligible for free busing. If you are unsure if you qualify for free transportation, please call the Transportation Department at 973-535-8000, x8013, BEFORE filling out this form. View the 2024-2025 Subscription Busing application. The deadline is July 5, 2024. 

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    Click here to read a press release regarding the appointment of Dr. Daniel Fishbein as interim Superintendent of Schools.

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    LPS students looking to enhance their educational experience— either by catching up on the past school year’s coursework or getting a head start on that of the one to come — have a wide selection of classes to choose from through the district’s upcoming Summer Academy program. 

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    Kindergarten registration for the 2024-2025 school year is open.

    • Children must be 5 years old on or before October 1st of the current year to enter Kindergarten, or 6 years old by October 1st of the current year to enter 1st grade as per Entrance Age Policy 5112. View Entrance Age Policy #5112.
    • Any Livingston resident who completed the kindergarten registration process by May 15th will be notified of their child's school placement by June 1st. 
    • If your child currently attends the Livingston Public School Pre-School program you DO NOT have to complete the pre-registration online. Please contact Amy Ennis at aennis@livingston.org for instructions. 
    • Click here to visit our Registration Page. 
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Principal's Messages

  • May 19, 2024

    Posted by Carlos Gramata on 5/19/2024

    Hello, Hillside Families!  


    Special thanks to the Hillside PTA and all families who hosted a table at Thursday evening's Multicultural Night!  Seeing the school community come together to celebrate all of the cultures that make up our school was truly special.  The displays, performances and food were all so amazing, and reminded me of how truly fortunate we are to be part of this school community!


    The New Jersey Student Learning Assessment (NJSLA) continues this week.  Fifth graders will wrap up testing for the year with the Science part on Monday and Tuesday.  As always, we are confident that our students are well-prepared, and we simply encourage them to try their hardest, do their best, and show what they know!  We would appreciate it if families could ensure that students are well-rested for testing days, have a healthy breakfast, and show up to school on time with fully charged computers and wired headphones.  Thanks so much!  


    On Wednesday, the students in band, orchestra and chorus will host a school-wide rehearsal for the Spring Concert for the student body as they prepare for the evening show starting at 7:00 p.m. at Heritage Middle School.  Special thanks to our three wonderful directors, Mr. Battista, Mr. Hegedus, and Mrs. Vatoci, for all of their work with our amazing young musicians.  We look forward to an awesome show!  


    We have our next School Spirit Day on Friday.  Students are encouraged to wear red, white and/or blue, or any patriotic clothing, as we observe Memorial Day next weekend.  Thank you for your support!


    On Friday afternoon, we will have our Character Color Wars / Field Day Assembly.  At the assembly, we will hear about upcoming Color War activities and expectations for Field Day, which is scheduled for Friday, May 31!  We'll be in touch about specific shirt colors students should wear for the day.  Colors will be based upon Caring Communities groups.  Stay tuned!


    The Livingston High School Chess Club is hosting the "Lancer Chess Classic" on Saturday, June 8.  This is open to elementary school students, and information can be found here


    Livingston Youth and Community Services (LYCS) has opened registration for the Leaders Program for the 24-25 school year.  Information about the program and registration can be found here.  


    School Supply Kits for the 24-25 school year are now available for purchase!  This convenient service saves parents the potential hassle of shopping for school supplies during the summer, especially late August when everyone else is doing it, too!  Interested families can find information here.  Given that this is optional, of course, the attached has the itemized supply list for those who would prefer to purchase on their own.  Please note that the purchase window ends July 1.  Special thanks to the Hillside PTA and Supply Coordinators, Mrs. Abramowitz and Mrs. Litsky, for coordinating the process with us!


    In staff news, Kindergarten teacher, Mrs. Caroline Dugan, will end the school year with us on Friday, May 31, to enjoy her growing family!  We wish Mrs. Dugan well, and look forward to hearing all about Baby Dugan soon!  Taking Mrs. Dugan's place for the remainder of the school year is Mrs. Samantha Minniti, a Kindergarten teacher from Collins who is returning from maternity leave.  Welcome to Hillside, Mrs. Minniti!


    REMINDER:  The Hillside PTA is looking for feedback from families on how to improve its service to the school community for next school year.  Please take a few minutes to complete this form.  Thank you!


    REMINDER:  Attention Third and Fourth Grade Families: Please see the following message from District Fine Arts Supervisor, Mrs. Rubin, about GT Art and GT Music for next school year: __________________________________________________________________________

    We are excited to announce that the application window is now open to express interest in both our Elementary Gifted and Talented Art Program and Gifted and Talented Music Program.  These programs are for students who will be entering grades 4 and 5 in the 2024-2025 school year.  Students previously enrolled in either GT Art and/or GT Music do not need to reapply.  All applications must be submitted electronically no later than Thursday, May 23, 2024.


    Detailed information for both the Elementary GT Art and GT Music Programs, along with the applications for both programs, can be found at the links below:


    GT ART Application Elementary Schools      


    GT MUSIC Application Elementary Schools


    Thank you,

    Mara Rubin
    mrubin@livingston.org ____________________________________________________________________________

    REMINDER:  Note to Kindergarten families:  For your planning purposes, the Kindergarten Celebration will take place on Tuesday, June 11, at 8:30 a.m.  A letter with additional information is forthcoming, but please save the date!


    REMINDER:  Note to fifth grade families:  For your planning purposes, the Moving Up Ceremony is scheduled for Thursday, June 13, starting at 8:30 a.m.  Additional information is forthcoming.  The Fifth Grade Clap Out will take place on the last day of school, June 20, at noon in the front loop.  Save these dates!


    Please see the following news from the PTA: ____________________________________________________________________________

    NOTES / REMINDERS from the Hillside PTA:


    1)  Spring Carnival:  The wait is over! Spring Carnival is on May 30th, 4:00-6:00 pm (Rain Date for June 4th). Please use the link to buy your tickets for the Carnival. As all PTA events need volunteers to run it, we need volunteers for the Carnival too, Please SIGN UP to volunteer. See Flyer for reference.


    2) Yearbook 2024 - It's that time of the year, order your YEARBOOK . You have an opportunity to create and purchase yearbook messages to acknowledge and congratulate students, teachers, administrators, and staff for an amazing year.  Your message will appear in the back of the yearbook.  Use the link to create and purchase a yearbook message.  See the Flyer for reference.


    3) ASE Makeup for April 8th Class (Golf & Science) - The makeup for April 8th will be on Monday, May 20th.



    Thank you for reading!  Have a great week!


    Warm regards,

    Mr. Gramata


    P.S. These weekly messages are also posted on the school's site for your convenience. 

    P.P.S. Follow Hillside School on X/Twitter at @Hillside_Elem!


    Upcoming Dates to Remember!


    Week of May 20, 2024


    Monday, 5-20: NJSLA Grade 5 Science, Day 1

    ASEs: Golf & Science (Makeup for 4-8-24 partial day)


    Tuesday, 5-21: NJSLA Grade 5 Science, Day 2

    District SEPAC Executive Committee Meeting, 7:00 p.m.


    Wednesday, 5-22: Spring Concert Rehearsal for Student Body, 9:30 a.m., Upper Gym 

    Fifth Grade Play Practice, 2:45 p.m.

    Spring Concert, 7:00 p.m. Heritage Middle School Auditorium


    Friday, 5-24: School Spirit Day - Wear Red, White, and/or Blue for Memorial Day

    Jewish Heritage Staff Brunch (Thank you, families!)

    Character Color Wars / Field Day Assembly, 1:15 p.m.


    Week of May 27, 2024


    Monday, 5-27: Memorial Day, Schools Closed


    Tuesday, 5-28: Fifth Grade Play Practice, 9:00 a.m., Upper Gym

    Character Color Wars Wall/Hall Decorating, 1:15 p.m.


    Wednesday, 5-29: Fifth Grade Play School Rehearsal for Student Body, 9:00 a.m.

    Fifth Grade Play Evening Performance, 7:00 p.m.


    Thursday, 5-30: PTA Carnival, 4:00 - 6:00 p.m., School Grounds


    Friday, 5-31: Field Day (AM) / Fifth Grade Games (PM) (rain date: 6-3)

    Mrs. C. Dugan's Last Day at Hillside; Congratulations, Mrs. Dugan!

    ASE: Yoga (rescheduled from 5-17)


    Week of June 3, 2024


    Monday, 6-3: Field Day (AM) / Fifth Grade Games (PM) RAIN DATE


    Tuesday, 6-4: GT Music Testing, 7:20 - 7:50 a.m.

    Livingston Public Library Summer Reading Assembly, 1:30 p.m.

    PTA Carnival Rain Date


    Wednesday, 6-5: Fifth Grade Boat Trip

    GT Music & Art Testing, 7:15 - 8:00 a.m.


    Thursday, 6-6: Literacy Celebration Day 1 (for students)

    GT Art Testing, 7:15 - 7:45 a.m.

    Third Grade Instrumental Demonstration Assembly, 1:15 p.m.

    Kindergarten Parent Orientation, 7:00 p.m.


    Friday, 6-7: Literacy Celebration Day 2 (for students)


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